Eco News

Northern Elephant Seals

 The clash of the titans resumes! Photo by Mike Baird

The clash of the titans resumes! Elephant seals return to Año Nuevo State Park every winter to battle, breed, and sunbathe!

Hot Pink Pioneers

Hopkin's Rose Nudibranch, common in Southern California, is moving north with the warming currents. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

The warm waters of El Niño are helping hot pink sea slugs return to the Northern California coastline.

Like Wildlife? Like Beer? Right This Way.

Woodland Critters sour ale goes on sale Dec. 12 at Discretion Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Land Trust.

For every bottle of Woodland Critters sour ale sold, Discretion Brewing will donate $2 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

The Costume-Wearing Crabs of Monterey Bay

The shells of decorator crabs are adorned with algae and other marine life that help them hide from predators. Catherine Drake photo.

New research explores the intriguing ways decorator crabs camouflage themselves from the predators of Monterey Bay.

The 2015 Friends Holiday Sale

Give somebody this setup, and you might get invited to a party! Photo courtesy Miller Maxfield..

Make a serious dent in that Santa list of yours at the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks ParkStore holiday sale, Dec. 4-6 at the Mission Adobe.

From Santa Cruz to Solar City

Lyndon and Peter Rive, co-founders of Solar City, back in 2002.

Lyndon Rive, co-founder of SolarCity, sees business and technology as world-changing tools.

Get Outside on Black Friday!

Black Friday is so pre-2015. This Nov. 27, go outside! Photo courtesy Save The Redwoods.

On Friday, Nov. 27, Hilltromper's leading a hike at Henry Cowell and Save The Redwoods League will pay your entrance fee to a redwood state park near you. #OptOutside!

Be A Hilltromper Intern!

Calling all cub reporters! A Hilltromper internship is an extremely glamorous affair.

If you like playing in the outdoors, care about conservation and recreation and get a thrill out of writing something accurately and well, we want to hear from you.

The Great Land & Trail Campaign

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County wants to build 45 miles of trail in the next five years. Paul Zaretsky photo.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s biggest fundraising campaign ever aims to raise $43 million to protect farmland and wildlife and build new trails.

Decoding the Bee Networks of Santa Cruz County

A yellow-faced bumblebee on a seaside daisy. Photo by JKehoe_Photos on Flickr.

The complex plant-bee networks that sustain the local environment could be radically disrupted by climate change, according to new research at UC–Santa Cruz.